Firstname Lastname: to all the poeple out there that hate me do not hate me because i am beaudiful and you are ugly.
12 hours ago
Nameone Nametwo: cathy beauitful don't have a d in it chicky and its not that people hate you they dislike you for what you do but thats not me your family in my eyes i like you as family kk take care
12 hours agoFacebook exchange
I love you for who you are, she says, except youse got to spel rite!!!!
We were doing some writing in the Storytent this week. One girl asked another, "How do you spell 'dad'?"
Her friend answered, "d - a - d." There was a moment's pause, and then the friend stood up. "Com'on. Let's go."
"Wait!" the girl cried in exasperation. "I've got to finish spelling!"
This was the first time in a while I've heard spelling used synonymously with writing. It's a usage that always tweaks my interest. I think I've only ever heard it among self-consciously poor spellers, which makes we wonder if there is a point of confidence or ability where we separate spelling and writing.
I'm also, constantly, intrigued by people making spelling errors even while publicly correcting one another's spelling, as in the Facebook exchange cited above.
BTW, I'd translate the reply into standard English thus:
Cathy, 'beautiful' doesn't have a 'd' in it, Chicky. And it's not that people hate you. They dislike you for what you do. But that's not me. You're family in my eyes. I like you as family. Ok[?] Take care.You can see the, um, eclectic usage in the original. So why the concern about a stray 'd' in 'beautiful'?
Except, maybe... maybe... spelling has a special importance to people who self-consciously struggle with it? But then, that doesn't explain me and my grade-school teachers. They seemed able to spell everything, while I could spell almost nothing. Yet, it was they, not I, who were always getting upset by stray vowels.
Why do we seem to care about spelling (when, obviously, we rarely care at all)? Why do we care about spelling even as we spell carelessly? Sure, we're judged by it. But, then, why do we judge based on spelling - especially given how bad so many of us are at it. Look at the aggressiveness in this misspelt sign:
I mean, what can you say about that? What can you say? Why do we make such a big deal out of something we ourselves are so likely to mess up on?
For another take, visit The Spelling Blog.